Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Playoff Game #1 - at Ottawa Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

This is the first game of the playoffs. It's the first post season game the Pens have played in about six or seven years. I'm jacked to watch.

There are lots of unanswered questions about this team that we'll slowly get to see some answers to. Here are the top five questions that will be answered this series:

5. Is Marc-Andre Fleury for real? Can he come up big for the first time in his career?
4. Can the Pens play their system against the Senators? Can they withstand the offensive barrages that the Sens have thrown against them this year?
3. Can the Pens continue to confound Ray Emery? Will they still have his number?
2. Will this young team be overwhelmed and intimidated once the lights come on, or will they continue to be blissfully ignorant of their surroundings?
1. Can Sidney carry the Pens to the next level? Will he step it up when he's needed the most?

What questions do you have that you're waiting to see the answers to? I know one thing - it'll be fun to watch!

Let's Go Pens!


Will said...

I wonder how the D will hold up? Also, if the can the Pens draw penalties and capitalize on them because Ottawa is tough 5 on 5. Either way I think it's going to be a great series and I'm just stoked to be watching the Pens in the playoffs again. Hopefully the first of many to come.

Pat said...

Yeah - I wonder about the D as well...

and while the Pens started out really well in 5 on 5 situations, they haven't been as strong in the second half (they're +9 as a team on the season), so that's a good question too.

I also wonder if the third and fourth line guys will be able to contribute offensively

so many questions... time for answers!